A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Most male characters constantly belittle women.
One use of an off-color word for annoyed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, as with the first book in the series, this one gives an interesting picture of social conditions in the 19th century and contrasts modern and Victorian speech.The part-thriller, part-comic story scores with romance fans, especially those who enjoyed the first two books. Cooney keeps the story moving.
Is It Any Good?
The book will appeal to those who enjoyed the earlier ones, and its history will interest romantically inclined readers. No one could call it literature, but many kids will love it and learn from it.
Another time traveling teenager, and more romance, gothic imprisonments, kidnappings, and greed continue the Stratton family story. But this time Caroline Cooney has some fun with it. She provides comic relief by using Annie's younger brother as the link between the present and the past. The story still relies on gothic elements. Devonny's father compels her to marry a greedy English lord for his title. When he shuts up her mother in the attic, we can almost see him chuckling and grinning and twirling the end of his mustache as the standard Victorian villain.
However, a few of the characters grow a bit. Lord Winden realizes he's behaved less than honorably, and prods himself into standing up to his gorgon-like mother. Devonny changes her attitude toward Lord Winden.
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